LIVING AND WORKING AT KINGS CANYON
Kings Canyon is one of the Red Centre's little known jewels. Hidden deep in Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon is a breathtaking sandstone chasm that spectacularly plunges over 270 metres into the earth. Home to Kings Canyon Rim Walk, the area receives more than 250,000 international and domestic visitors per year.
Where is Kings Canyon?
Kings Canyon is located between Alice Springs or Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Once there, reaching the sprawling 71,000 hectares of Watarrka National Park is an unforgettable drive through some of the most panoramic country in the outback. Our resort’s namesake, iconic Kings Canyon, is just 7 km from the resort.
- The Resort was first opened in 1991 and was originally known as Kings Canyon Frontier Lodge. Owned and operated by Voyages from 1997 and then purchased and run by Delaware North Australia Parks and Resorts from 11 November 2009.
- Water and Electricity – We have a number of boars from which we get our water supply which is treated slightly with chlorine and tested each week for water quality. We also have a power generation plant which runs on diesel and is complimented by a solar panel array during daylight hours.
- Rainfall – Average of 250mm with evaporation rate of 1200 mm per year. Unlike the Top End, there is no monsoon season and ran can fall any time of year with a slight concentration in the Summer months.
- How high is kings Canyon? – 650m above sea level and the canyon walls range from 100-150 meters above the creek. Highest point is near Carmichaels Crag which is 908 meters above sea level.
- Who was King? – King was a station owner in South Australia and a friend of Giles. He provided money for Giles expedition in 1872 – Who is Carmichael? – Giles expedition companion during 1872 expedition.
- Watarrka National Park – The Luritja people have lived in the area for at least 22,000 years. During dry periods, this area with is permanent waterholes and ample supply of animals and great variety of food plants helped to ensure the survival of the Luritja people.
- Where does the name Watarrka come from? – Watarrka is the Luritja name for the umbrella bush Acacia Ligulata, as well as the area in the vicinity of Kings Canyon.